So you just got your first order of Tavalon‘s premium loose leaf tea, and you are standing in front of your tea cabinet (everyone has one of those, right?), staring at your previous purchase, those two-year-old (at least!) store-bought commercial teabags.

i see the lightBefore you castigate yourself for such an amateur decision, have no fear: those stale, old dustbags an have a use – you just have to be creative.

And as I was browsing through a recent issue of Time Out New York, I found the perfect alternative to tossing the tasteless teabags: as textiles.

The article suggests sewing or gluing the teabags together and using as ultra-cheap, fairly fashionable, aromatherapeutic curtains. What a great idea!

Now you can keep your old tea and drink the good stuff too!